Hollywood star and Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to her former co-star Chadwick Boseman on the anniversary of his death. Boseman died on August 28, 2020, due to colon cancer.
Taking to her Instagram, Nyong’o recalled the pain she felt at hearing the news of his passing calling it a “singular pain.”
“Three years ago today, I experienced a singular pain at the news of @chadwickboseman’s death. The confusion was so profound that it took months to trust the feeling of joy again,” she said.
Giving in to nostalgia, her post was accompanied by a photo taken of Boseman in Korea in 2018. The duo were promoting the record-breaking film “Black Panther” at the time.
“This is a photo I took on film at the airport as we arrived in South Korea in 2018. We had just learned to do the baby heart with our fingers,” Lupita explained. “Here Chadwick was adding his suave flare. We spent a glorious 72 hours there, and the memory fills me with so much joy.”
A private man, Boseman had not shared his cancer diagnosis publicly so news of his death shocked the world and his co-stars, some of whom had not known. As Lupita explains, the concept of death is a hard one to accept.
“Death is hard to understand, maybe even harder to accept. But the love generated from the life he lived will fuel every anniversary marking his absence,” she said.
She further added, “Chadwick may no longer be in our photos, but he will always be in our hearts.”